molting

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by goddesses, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. goddesses

    goddesses Out Of The Brooder

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    My hens are nearly a year old and they have not gone through molting. When should I expect this? We did artificial lighting during the winter months to maintain egg production.

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  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were hatched in the normal hatch months (March-June), chickens usually molt in the late summer or early fall. If they were hatched earlier or later, the molt is usually delayed to late fall early winter.
     
  3. goddesses

    goddesses Out Of The Brooder

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    They were hatched last May and they did some feathers in late summer, but nothing that looked like a molt. [​IMG]
     
  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're right on track. May chicks don't usually molt their first summer because they've already gone through 4 molts.
     

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